The pandemic has changed our lives. Stress and anxiety are at an all-time high. Self-care routines are always a good thing to follow, but in today’s time, they are more important than ever! Keeping the situation outside in mind, we have created a self-care checklist to guide you through these uncertain times and thrive. Read away!
Introduction to Self-Care
Self-care is the practice of taking concrete actions to improve our physical and mental health. It is done to promote health, maintain health, cope with illness and problems, etc.
Self-care is different for everyone. What works for one may or may not work for another. It is important to find out what you like and what works best for you. You can pick out your preferences from our list and get started!
Did you know that during the pandemic, around 56% of young adults reported symptoms of anxiety and/or a depressive disorder? The pandemic has resulted in the death of loved ones, uncertainty, loss of jobs, economic slowdown, and a lot of other things that have a direct impact on our physical and mental health. Here’s where self-care comes into the picture.
A common misconception is that you need a lot of time if you want to practice self-care every day. We are here to tell you that is not the case! You can start small and easily inculcate daily practices into your lifestyle. As it is rightly said, self-care is NOT selfish! You deserve to give yourself priority and attention. Your well-being is important.
Here are some pointers for your self-care checklist:
Eating Nutritious Food and Staying Healthy
If you want your body and mind to be in their best shape, you need to be mindful of what you eat. Eating good food will help your body digest and provide the necessary nutrition to your organs. This means that all the 3 (or more) meals you eat during the day are packed with nutrients and minerals. If you feel like snacking, it is a good idea to have nuts and fruits nearby, instead of chocolates and chips. And an important thing to remember is to never skip breakfast! It is the most important meal of the day and your body needs it.
You have heard that exercise is important for a healthy body and mind and we are here to reiterate that fact. Find exercises that you enjoy, it does not always have to be a huge and impossible task. You can start by walking, cycling, dancing, yoga, or anything that suits you the best. Incorporate stretching as a daily part of your life. In these self-isolating and social distancing times, you can also take online classes to stay fit.
We are maintaining distance physically, not socially. This is a great time to call up your friends and family and be in touch with them. Talk to at least one person every day and make efforts to stay connected. You can even join online support groups or virtual book clubs to make new friends. If the situation where you stay has improved, meeting a friend or two is also something you should do. Remember to maintain social distancing at all times.
There are a plethora of things you can do that bring you joy. You can start coloring and drawing, dancing, going out for walks, watching your favorite shows and movies, read – anything that makes you happy. Doing things that make you happy 2-3 times a week will give you a much-needed break and also help you in developing hobbies. You can always head to Pinterest to find new things to do, there’s always so much you can learn!
We live in the ‘hustle’ culture and we are conditioned to feel guilty when we try to wind down and rest – but that should not be the case. Your body and mind deserve to rest now and then and it is your responsibility to calm down. Some things you can do include implementing a technology detox, meditating, yoga, going for float therapy, lighting scented candles, practicing mindfulness, sleeping enough, and so on. We also suggest that you take multiple breaks during a workday to stretch, walk, or meditate.
Maintain A Schedule
Again, since there is no school/office to go to, our schedules have been forgotten. But, a routine is extremely crucial if you want to take care of yourself. Have good sleeping hygiene, sleep and wake up on time. Having meals at the same time every day. Have some sort of structure to feel more in control.
Some other things you can do include:
- De-cluttering your desk and room every week
- Cleaning your cupboard
- Making music playlists
- Listening to a podcast
- Following positive social media accounts and unfollowing the ones that make you unhappy.
- Saying positive affirmations every morning.
- Practicing deep breathing and mindfulness.
CBD For Self-Care
CBD is available in a number of forms, including oils, softgels, gummies, and lotions, and salves for topical use. In recent years, CBD has become a popular anxiety treatment. CBD consumption on a regular basis may aid in relaxation and improved sleep. People who use CBD prefer it to exercise and meditation as a means to cope with the stress caused by COVID-19, according to studies. It can really help you fall asleep at night – 89 percent of those who use CBD say it improves their sleep.
When To Seek Professional Help
Our mental health has taken a toll in the last two years around the world. If you think you have a continued problem in focusing on daily tasks, difficulty in managing emotions, feelings of hopelessness, out-of-control anxiety, and other such symptoms, feel free to contact a healthcare professional for a little extra help.
Takeaway On Self Care
Self-care is not just for your physical health. It is for your mental health too. When you make a checklist for yourself, don’t make it too complicated. Start simple and gradually add things you want to do. It should not end up becoming a task you dread to finish. Add things that make you happy and do them every day. Find out what works for you.
Taking care of yourself in these unprecedented times is what you need! This is how you will help yourself, your family, and your friends in the long run. We hope this article has inspired you to make a self-care checklist for yourself. Following a routine might be difficult in the beginning, but you can do it!